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Iceland - Day 20 : Arctic foxes

Last night I again woke up at 1:30, but it was again cloudy. In the morning it was by far the coldest it had been during the entire trip and close to freezing. While packing I wished I had brought gloves. Today I needed to walk far. Initially I had thought the bus was leaving at 1 o'clock tomorrow, but yesterday I discovered it actually left at 12:10. I also discovered where the 2 km difference between my map and the traffic signs came from, apparently the bus stop was 2 km removed from the intersection I was heading to. That meant it was still 44 km of which I hoped to walk at least 34 today. The main road I was on wasn't very adventurous but did allow me to travel fast. It remained cold and cloudy. Around 11:00 I had walked 12 km and had my first lunch, honey covered cashews. After I return home I am not going to eat any granola or nuts for at least a year.

kjolur road

De Kjolur road
 

At some point I noticed two animals running across the road. I knew there were polar foxes around here but they seemed to small for that. Curious what they were I check out the rocks by the side of the road.

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The road with the strange animals

It were polar foxes after all, they were about the size of a cat. I noticed at least two, but they were too fast to take a good photo. Eventually I managed to get close enough to take a photo, which was pretty cool.

polar foxes in iceland

A photo of the rocks, only after returning home did I notice there are 3 foxes in it.

icelandic polar fox
icelandic arctic fox

After the foxes I walked for another hour before my second lunch: peanuts. The following hours I took a lot of breaks because I didn't have any energy left. I also passed an emergency shelter.

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The emergency shelter in the distance

arnarbaeli
arnarbaeli

The Arnarbaeli shelter

Around 5 it was only 9 more kilometers until the bus stop, so I could call it a day. I had walked around 34 km today and 95 km in the past 3. Those had been the toughest of all, but I was glad I had decided to hike a few more days. The polar foxes alone already made it worth the effort.

icelandic mountain

The sun came through the clouds

icelandic landscape
icelandic landscape

In the distance is the glacier from which the  Kjolur road derives its name
 

With journeys like this it's always good to keep going at least a few more days than you would like to. Otherwise you'll want to go back as soon you get home. Hiking has been really great but I am glad life is going to be a bit easier after tomorrow. Hopefully I will reach the bus stop in time.

icelandic streams

The last wild camping spot of this vacation

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As today is (hopefully) the last hike-day it was time for the crème de la crème of expedition meals: 'Moose-gourmet-mix'. It contains macaroni, herbs, 10% mouse meat, blueberries, carrots, mushrooms, bell pepper, and tomato

Moose gourmet mix

The luxurious expedition meal

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After cooking it
 

The moose meat had a strong flavour, it basically tastes exactly like you would think moose would taste like. A kind of tundra, steppe, pine forest flavor. It also was pretty tough. What a feast.

Distance walked: 34 km